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Two Spirit Lake Men Change their Pleas to Guilty for the Murder of a Spirit Lake Woman

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of North Dakota

FARGO – United States Attorney Christopher C. Myers announced that on November 9, 2018, Daylin Takendrick St. Pierre, Age 21, Spirit Lake Indian Reservation, ND, plead guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Robbery; Use of a Firearm in Relation to a Felony Crime of Violence; and Felony Murder before US District Judge Daniel L. Hovland Judge.  Dakota James Charboneau, age 24, also of Spirit Lake, plead guilty to Second Degree Murder, Aiding and Abetting; and Use of a Firearm in Relation to a Felony Crime of Violence.

            On August 23, 2016, Ms. Karla Yellowbird traveled to the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation with Suna Guy, who previously plead guilty to Felony Murder and was sentenced in this case.  While on the Spirit Lake Reservation, Dakota Charboneau and Guy planned to rob Ms. Yellowbird of her money and belongings, and later recruited Daylin St. Pierre to do the robbery.  In the morning of August 24, 2016, St. Pierre shot and killed Ms. Yellowbird while robbing her.

Sentencing for both Charboneau and St. Pierre is scheduled for February 25, 2019.

This case was investigated by the Mandan Police Department; North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation; Bureau of Indian Affairs; and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Assistant United States Attorney Janice M. Morley and AUSA Jenifer Puhl prosecuted the case.



Updated November 9, 2018